Samantha Leal Deputy Editor

Samantha Leal is the Deputy Editor for Latina.com, where she edits and oversees the site's content with a focus on fashion, beauty and lifestyle.

She grew up in South Bend, Indiana (go Notre Dame!) and graduated from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University before setting out for New York City. Her work has been published by TheAtlantic.com, Glamour.com, Refinery29.com and more.

When she’s not working, you’ll find her reading (YA novels, mostly), watching too many YouTube videos and writing short stories. You can follow her on Twitter at @samanthajoleal and read her style and music blog at notesonstyle.com.

Favorite Latina fashionista: Nicole Richie

The Latino celeb I'd want to be best friends with: Selena Gomez

My first celebrity crush: Mike Vitar aka Benny ‘The Jet’ Rodriguez from the movie The Sandlot.

Something people don't know about me: I have a phobia of needles and blood.

Guilty pop culture addiction: Anything on The CW.

My Latina Role Model: Salma Hayek

Fun Memory from My First Day at Latina: My first day was a blur!

Two words that describe Elvis Crespo: Very interesting…

If I met Jennifer Lopez, I would: be a total fangirl. I've loved her since she was a fly girl on 'In Living Color'

Latino artist on my iPod right now: Pitbull

Favorite Interview with a Latino Celeb: Daddy Yankee or Adriana Lima

Favorite Latin dish: Mexican chorizo tacos

Favorite Spanish-Language Song: Como La Flor - Selena Quintanilla

Proudest Moment as a Latino: When the Wise Latina herself, Sonia Sotomayor, was named to the Supreme Court.

WATCH: Selena Gomez & Co-Star David Henrie Belt Out Carrie Underwood
WATCH: Selena Gomez & Co-Star David Henrie Belt Out Carrie Underwood

Selena Gomez and former Wizards of Waverly Place co-star David Henrie are definitely fans of car karaoke. Posting to her Instagram account, 22-year-old Gomez sings along with 25-year-old Henrie to Carrie Underwood's single "Something in the Water."


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Group Sues Harvard and UNC Over Race-Based Admissions Process
Group Sues Harvard and UNC Over Race-Based Admissions Process

Administrators at Harvard University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have been sued by Project for Fair Admissions Inc., an advocacy group that claims race-based admissions policies violate constitutional rights of qualified Asian applicants, reports Bloomberg


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Serial Killer Charles Manson Granted Marriage License to Wed 26-Year-Old Woman
Serial Killer Charles Manson Granted Marriage License to Wed 26-Year-Old Woman

Well, then. This happened. Mass murderer Charles Manson, 80, has obtained a wedding license to marry a 26-year-old, reports the Associated Press.

Afron Elaine Burton, 26, has spent the past nine years trying to exonerate Manson of his conviction — seven murders, including the pregnant actress Sharon Tate — and is planning on being his bride. 


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WATCH: Adrienne Talks
WATCH: Adrienne Talks Nail Art & Those Controversial Comments

Adrienne Bailon talks about those controversial comments, 'The Real' and more!


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Jessica Alba Debuts New Blonde 'Do!
Jessica Alba Debuts New Blonde 'Do!

Get your hair did... and that's just what Jessica Alba did this past weekend! The star took to Instagram to share her transformation (foil and all) from chestnut brown to sun-kissed blonde (and she set it to the tune of Missy Elliott's "Work It". We approve, Jessica.) 

SEE: Demi Lovato's hair over the years!


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Wife Secretly Filmed By Husband Singing Salt-N-Pepa's 'None of Your Business'
Wife Secretly Filmed By Husband Singing Salt-N-Pepa's 'None of Your Business'

Busting a move and singing in the car when your jam comes on? Girl, we can relate. This woman was secretly filmed by her husband singing along to Salt-N-Pepa's "None of Your Business." And it's the best.


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7 Incredible Holiday Gifts For $50 or Less!
7 Incredible Holiday Gifts For $50 or Less!

Holiday shopping doesn't have to be expensive. These great gifts are perfect for family and friends and ring in at $50 or less. Happy holidays, indeed. 

PLUS: Even more holiday gift ideas!


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Who’s Walking in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show?
Who’s Walking in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show?

In December, an angel gets her wings. Well, some do. The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show premieres December 9 on CBS, and a chance to walk the runway is a coveted spot for many a model. But this year’s show takes place in London (instead of NYC) for the first time — so we’re expecting an even bigger show than ever before.


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WATCH: Dev Talks New Music & Her "Leather Look" at the 30 Under 30 Party!
WATCH: Dev Talks New Music & Her "Leather Look" at the 30 Under 30 Party!

Is Dev not the sweetest?! The 30 Under 30 honoree chatted with Marlene Alvarez about her leather ensemble, new projects and what it means to be nominated as a young Latina on the rise.


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WATCH: Fifth Harmony Talks 30 Under 30 & Their Guilty Pleasure TV Show
WATCH: Fifth Harmony Talks 30 Under 30 & Their Guilty Pleasure TV Show

The 30 Under 30 honorees stopped by to chat about what it means to be nominated, their guilty pleasure TV show and even their favorite holiday movies!


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